Matt Tommey / Vine Baskets by Matt TommeyMatt Tommey is an Appalachian basketmaker in Asheville, North Carolina. Matt's baskets are a whimsical collaboration of traditional Appalachian forms...
Nancy E. Fleming
Media: Jewelry, Mixed Media
"Life is full of whimsy. I express life as I see it, and metal is the language I use to tell my story. Using mixed metals, I express the imagery of life as I see it. Ideas from within provide the challenge for my hands to create the images in my work. Much of my work has a narrative, tells a story, and reflects the whimsy I see in life. Other series depict historical and contemporary themes I feel drawn toward". Nancy Fleming has made Asheville, North Carolina home for over 35 years. Drawn to the richness and diversity of the area, she has been active in arts and crafts for almost that full time. Nancy’s work has appeared in numerous national art and craft publications including Fundamentals of Metalsmithing and Lapidary Journal. Her unique combinations of materials and highly developed fabrication techniques have won numerous national awards, including special recognition from the American Craft Council. Nancy has twice been named a finalist for the prestigious NICHE Award in Jewelry. The richness of natural forms and organic materials in our region is a constant source of inspiration. This interest in the natural and organic became fused with a long held interest in cultural symbolism. Her work reflects this synthesis of nature and culture.
Each example of her work is an absorbing study in forms, materials and fabrication, complete in itself, in which one continuously discovers new details to enjoy.